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234 Ratings



Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Russia, 2006


The longest siege during World War II was that of Leningrad, which lasted for 900 days. Comprised solely of rarely seen images found in Soviet film archives, Blockade re-creates those momentous events, featuring a state-of-the-art soundtrack added to the original black-and-white silent footage.

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Blockade Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Critics reviews

Is it possible to tell the story of a besieged city without the trace of an epic? Can one capture the state of emergency without melodramatic excess? Recounting the Siege of Leningrad in 1941-44, Sergei Loznitsa’s archival documentary Blokada (Blockade, 2006) brilliantly transcends both challenges. . . . Using a minimum of expressive tools, Loznitsa is interested in exploring the tension between the authentic and the constructed that lies in the core of documentary aesthetics.
December 14, 2017
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